Monday, July 14, 2014

Global Impact: Texas Governor Rick Perry Should Be Congratulated for NOT Supporting President Obama

According to The Latin American Tribune, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) said on Sunday (July 13) that he will not support the request for $3.7 billion President Barack Obama made to Congress to deal with the wave of undocumented child migrants from Central America.

Gov. Perry, who met with Obama last week to discuss the matter, also said that the emergency appropriations request is not as necessary as sending the National Guard to the country’s southern border to tighten security there, a Republican proposal that the White House has already rejected on several occasions.

Governor Perry, who ran for, but failed to secure, the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, said that the United States has gone more than five years – evidently referring to Obama’s term in office thus far--without taking into account what is happening on the border, and suggested that President Obama had not developed a plan for dealing with the arrival of illegal immigrants.

COMMENT: The above being said, it seems clear that Governor Perry, who suddenly is appearing more presidential than President Obama, has repeatedly asked and repeatedly been denied an authorization to send the National Guard to the border states in order to help alleviate Border Patrol agents who are caring for Central American children who have reached the US border.

What many Americans fail to realize is that this is a problem that President Obama actually created, considering that the executive branch of government was having to prepare to house, feed and cloth unaccompanied minor children as long ago as a year.

Another factor that few Americans realize is that the President put Central American children at considerable risk having to make the hazardous trip to the US border using illegal "coyotes," at roughly $8,000 a head, with the promise that they could stay in the US if they made it to the US border.

When asked how militarizing the border states by using the National Guard could help halt the recent flow of child migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Perry responded that it would send a message of strength.

After meeting with Perry last week, President Obama publicly asked him to pressure Congress to approve the $3.7 billion emergency appropriations request.

Why would a US President tasked with spending taxpayers' funding prudently, put in motion events that would actually waste taxpayers' obligations.

Most of the funds requested by Obama will be allocated to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is tasked with housing and caring for the minors who arrive in US territory while their cases are being processed.

Another significant portion of the funds would be devoted to increasing the number of judges and other officials on the border to facilitate the timely processing of the child migrants who have arrived so far.

According to executive branch estimates, some 57,000 undocumented and unaccompanied children have crossed the border from México since last October 2013, mainly via the Rio Grande Valley, and it is anticipated that more than 100,000 will have entered the country by the end of this year.